Detroit-Calgary Battle It Out In Western Conference Match

Katie EvansCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

DETROIT - MARCH 12:  Jordan Leopold #40 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck against Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings during the game on March 12, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings and Calgary Flames battled it out Monday night as Calgary defeated Detroit 5-3.

After falling to second place in the West, the Red Wings came out wanting a win. In the first period both teams had chance after chance. Kiprusoff and Osgood, however, did good jobs supporting their team's nets. It wasn't until Dion Phaneuf got one past Osgood to get Calgary on the board.

The Flames defense showed it's strength as Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary had great chances at the end of the first, but were unable to deliver.

The first period came to an end, 1-0 Calgary.

As the second period began, Osgood let in a goal by Lundmark giving Calgary a 2-0 lead. That was only the beginning as both teams finished out checks, and a lot of hits were delivered.

Detroit's Samuelson had the first chance to score for the Wings. He shot the puck past Kiprusoff, it stopped on the line and was waved off.

After Franzen took a penalty for roughing, Cammalleri scored giving the Flames a 3-0 lead. After that goal Ty Conklin came in for Chris Osgood, hoping to turn things around.

Finally, Pavel Datsyuk scored his 30th goal of the season as he continued his eight game point streak.

The second period came to an end with Calgary leading 3-1.

As the third period came underway Detroit was showing good pressure, and another goal was waved off for Detroit. It was Calgary that once again came up with a goal as Glencross scored his 13th goal of the season, giving his team a 4-1 lead.

The Red Wings finally woke up as Franzen scored his 31st of the season, and soon after, Jiri Hudler scored a tremedous goal to get his team within a goal.

Just as it seemed Detroit was making a comeback, Calgary's Greg Conroy had an empty net goal as Detroit was trying to tie it up with less then a minute left.

Detroit had a four game winning streak that was stopped tonight. Detroit will battle Edmonton Tuesday night in hopes of a win.